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North Island Robin

North Island Robin
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Robins of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-25 5:26
Viewed: 4320
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Though superficially there is a considerable resemblance between the New Zealand bird called by this name and the true robin of Britain and Europe, the two are not related. The local species belongs to the Muscicapidae or flycatchers, whereas the robin redbreast is one of the Turdidae the same family that includes blackbirds and song-thrushes. The common name, however, is now so well established that it is fruitless to try to replace it. Scientifically the New Zealand robin is Petroica (Miro) australis and there are four races one in the North Island, one in the South, one on Stewart Island, and one now restricted to Little Mangere Island in the Chatham group. Differences in size and colour distinguish them. With the exception of the Chatham Island robin, which is wholly black, the other races are sooty grey on head, throat, back, and wings, and whitish or yellowish on the abdomen. Females are duller and smaller than males. Head and eyes are large and the male, in particular, is extremely tame.

Robins occur in the central forested areas of the North Island and are nowhere abundant, although they appear to be maintaining their numbers. Outside of these areas they are rare or absent in the North Island, except on Little Barrier and Kapiti Islands where they are common. In the South Island they are rare in the east south of Marlborough and are absent from a considerable part of Westland. They are locally common on Stewart Island and occur on some of its off-lying islets. On Little Mangere, the Chatham Islands robin population was under 100 at the last count and is in danger of extinction.

As well as being insectivorous, robins eat worms and readily pick up scraps around camp and picnic sites. Much of their time is spent upon the ground searching for food. The breeding season is from October to February. Males defend a territory and the females build a cup-shaped nest in which they incubate two or three eggs for about 18 days.

Robin habitat is usually tall native forest, though nowadays it may sometimes include plantations of introduced pines. Manuka scrub in the vicinity of forest may also be occupied.

The clear sustained song, with its richness and variety of phrasing, is perhaps the finest possessed by any native species.

The above obtained from http://www.teara.govt.nz/1966/R/Robin/Robin/en


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 12:04 p.m.
Date: 2nd February 2006
Weather conditions: Dark Native Bush
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/250
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 100
External Flash: Canon 580EX Speedlight
Original file type: Digital Raw

loot, wallhalla15, marhowie, Signal-Womb, PDP, scottevers7, blue-velvet29, Luc has marked this note useful
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Beautiful picture, good colours with great level of details. Nice pose and excellent clearness. Great post, Pam. TFS.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-02-25 8:29]

Hi Pam
Is this one sleeping or is it scratching an itch? I read somewhere that due to the conservation program to re-establish this bird it is almost impossible to find one without identification rings.
This is a well captured moment on a composition that displays the bird in a very interesting pose. The colours are good, while the DOF & BG is excellent. Exposure levels and lighting was well handled.
Good work and TFS.

Hello Pam,
very nice pose, great work. Very good sharpness, details, colours/lighting and composition. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

Hi Pam,
Very detailed and exposed well. Good comp. and POV. Good use of flash and the BG works well also..Well done.

Lovely capture of this scruffy little fellow Pam, good detail and his pose is interesting. I wonder has he got the same nature as the European Robin which is a game daring little bird who is very territorial. Great post.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-02-25 19:37]

Hi Pam, very good shot. I love the cleaning pose you have captured. Lovley composition and very good details - well done.

Hi Pam,
Your flash exposure was very good here. The colors are excellent! Very sharp detail shown in the plumage. Nice pose as the little guy does some housekeeping. Really great looking shot!

Hello Pam!
Excellent colors, details, POV and DOF. Beautiful bird;-) Well done!

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-02-26 13:03]

hi pam, great shot of a cute bird! :-)
wonderful pov and capture.
i really like the details:
you can even see hes married. *g*
well seen & done,

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-02-27 0:27]

Very good.
Thank you, Pam.
Sorry, I have no time today to write complete comments.
Very well done. Well deserved icon.

"To look at something as though
we had never seen it before
requires great courage." ~ Henri Matisse ~

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-02-27 10:20]

So sharp ! Very well composed, I love the pose of the Robin. Superb background too, thanks,


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